I do object to the assumption that anything that might be outside of nature is ruled out of the conversation. That's an impoverished view of the kinds of questions we humans can ask, such as "why am i here?", "what happens after we die?", "is there a god?" if you refuse to acknowledge their appropriateness, you end up with a zero probability of god after examining the natural world because it doesn't convince you on a proof basis.
I am a technophile, so there is no such thing as a first draft. the first draft plunges on, and about a quarter of the way through it i realise i'm doing things wrong, so i start rewriting it. what you call the first draft becomes rather like a caterpillar; it is progressing fairly slowly, but there is movement up and down its whole length, the whole story is being changed. i call this draft zero, telling myself how the story is supposed to go.
You’ve got to be kidding me. i thought you were the most powerful of beings. even the gods fear you. (stryker) we all have predators. the entire universe exists in a system of checks and balances. i just met my zero balance. (war) are you honestly telling me that the most powerful creature on this planet is a pathetic cajun guttersnipe who offed himself because one of my men killed his mommy? (stryker)
His fingertips slid down from my face, lightly stroking the line of my neck, down toward my shoulder. everywhere he touched, a trail of goose bumps appeared. how did he keep doing this to me? marcus—who made every girl in the world swoon—had zero effect on me. but one whisper of a touch from adrian completely undid me.
In our society, real power does not happen to lie in the political system, it lies in the private economy: thats where the decisions are made about whats produced, how much is produced, whats consumed, where investment takes place, who has jobs, who controls the resources, and so on and so forth. And as long as that remains the case, changes inside the political system can make some difference-i dont want to say its zero-but the differences are going to be very slight.
It means that no blue ribbon is forever. someday - if the world doesn't explode itself in the meantime - someone will run a two-minute mile in the olympics. it may take a hundred years or a thousand, but it will happen. because there is no ultimate blue ribbon. there is zero, and there is eternity, and there is mortality, but there is no ultimate.